The ‘Malang Declaration’: Models of Engagement within Research Programs


Abstract With the rapidly changing ‘internationalization’ of the educational market in Indonesia, the manner and conduct of ‘foreign’ models of engagement have a discernable and culturally ‘sensitive’ impact. We acknowledge that whilst ‘foreign models’ may be still applicable in an Indonesian context, it is becoming increasingly important that the extent to which these models are culturally applicable in an Indonesian milieu is evaluated. In this article we examine the approach used by Australian practitioners in developing the Malang Declaration, which was an attempt to codify an agreed model for use in scholarly research. We acknowledge that it is essential that the selected ‘model’ is transparently seen as being applicable in Indonesian circumstances, and that the cultural mores of the site of the intervention are respected and addressed.

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